As I did last winter break, I decided to reach out to my old high school and help out in the math department. Although math is far from my favorite subject, it is the subject that most kids struggle with, and I knew I could help out there in a similar way to when I was a tutor in high school through National Honors Society. During this December, I was incorporated into classrooms and utilized as a resource at separate tables to help students. Not only did this open my eyes up further to the field of education and what students and teachers experience in, but it was also an enjoyable experience that allowed me to give back to my community.
Approaching Winter break, I knew I wanted to give back somehow and fill up my calendar. I naturally turned back to my high school and reached out to the leader of the National Honor Society at Kaukauna High School. After a few emails back and forth, I found myself sitting outside the math classrooms, waiting for students to be sent to me. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about returning to my high school and tutoring again, but I quickly found myself becoming invested in these students and their struggles--so much so that I ended up discussing math scores with numerous teachers as well as the associate principal. I had never realized how many students were failing--how many students were slipping through the cracks. Although I have only spent three days with these students so far, I have reconfirmed my ambitions to enter the education field and have realized that I want to target those kids who are not seen--the ones who others have given up on. I want to help the students that are slipping through the cracks, whether it be academically, mentally, or otherwise. I found my purpose again.